Freshmen shine as Eureka boys remain unbeaten in league

File photo – Kyan Green was one of three freshmen to start for Eureka on Saturday.

The Eureka Loggers made sure there would be no upset this weekend with a dominating victory over South Fork in boys soccer at Albee Stadium on Saturday.

With three freshman in the starting 11, including one who was making his first-ever high school start, the Loggers opened up a six-goal lead before halftime on the way to an 8-2 win.

The victory keeps the Loggers unbeaten in league play with a record of 2-0-1, while the loss was the first for the Cubs in the H-DNL and dropped them to 2-1 one week after they knocked off defending league champion Arcata.

Joe Morris was involved in four of Eureka’s goals, netting a hat trick and assisting on another.

One of the freshmen also was involved in the goals.

Levi Grossman got his first start and had a game to remember with two goals, while senior Kaleb Green also scored. 

Trenton Gerber and Noah Wager each also had a goal and an assist, while Will Mooney assisted on three of the goals.

After a one-sided first half that saw the home team dominate possession, the Cubs settled into the game and stepped up their performance in the second half.

“In the second half, South Fork came in motivated and we came out soft, and they capitalized on two mistakes,” Eureka head coach Eddie Garcia said. “So we have to keep working to minimize those moments when we drop the discipline. We settled the game and recovered the advantage.”

Freshmen Kyan Green and Luiz Gonzalez joined Grossman in the starting lineup and all three youngsters “did really well,” according to the coach. 

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The team’s more experienced players, including Mooney, Gerber, Wager, Morris, Kaleb Green and Tomas Paoli, all have taken the younger players under their wings.

“They have done an exceptional job guiding and supporting the younger players on the team,” Garcia said. 

Next up, the Loggers will play at Fortuna on Wednesday.

The Huskies had a bye in league play this weekend.

Also on Wednesday, South Fork will host McKinleyville.

File photo – Will Mooney

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